Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso

A woman with long hair and a white top is smiling at cameraTaghrid Choucair-Vizoso joined Julie’s Bicycle as Head of Programmes in March 2024. She is a cultural leader with thirteen years of curatorial, producing, and educational experience working across contemporary performance, multi-art form festivals, participatory arts, and cross-cultural programmes.

Prior to joining JB she was Joint CEO at Shubbak Festival, where she was committed to forging more just cultural ecologies; developing collaborative and decolonial curatorial approaches and artistic development opportunities that reduce social inequality and access barriers to the arts. She is passionate about the transformative power of cultural practice and policy to mobilise for social and climate justice; particularly in relation to the liberation of indigenous peoples and freedom of expression and movement.

Her work as a curator and producer has allowed her to work in partnership with major institutions and across site-specific locations in the UK and the SWANA region. Taghrid began her artistic journey in performance-making and facilitation, directing projects like At Home in Gaza and London (Station House Opera). As an associate with Kazzum, she led education programmes with young people who have recently arrived in the UK and are going through the asylum-seeking process. As a facilitator, she has worked within school and criminal justice environments, and led Shubbak’s community engagement programmes for a number of years. She produced and co-programmed Arts Canteen’s 2018 AWAN – Arab Women Artists Now Festival and curated Global Arab Female Voices in 2019.

Taghrid is currently a mentor on the Crossing Borders Programme at Scottish Refugee Council and steering group member of Global Voices Theatre. She continues her artistic practice, organises events in the context of cultural resistance, and is committed to transforming our extractive relationship to the earth and encouraging avenues for renewed connection to nature.

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